Southeastern Channel receives support from First Guaranty Bank


Wednesday, July 28, 2021 Rick Settoon, left, and Desiree Simmons
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

FIRST GUARANTY BANK SPONSORSHIP – Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon (left) receives a donation from First Guaranty Bank Chief Administrative Officer Desiree Simmons. First Guaranty Bank has helped support the Southeastern Channel for the past 12 years.

     HAMMOND – For the 12th straight year, First Guaranty Bank is providing support to Southeastern Louisiana University’s television station, the Southeastern Channel.
     Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said First Guaranty Bank’s generosity has played a key role in the Southeastern Channel’s success and its ability to provide Northshore viewers with quality television programming, while training television and film students for outstanding careers in the industry.
     “We are extremely appreciative and indebted to First Guaranty for consistently sponsoring us, especially in the lean years of the state budget,” Settoon said. “I understand why they’ve been named the number one small bank in the nation by ‘Newsweek.’ They serve their customers the best during challenging times.”
     The Southeastern Channel has also been named number one in the nation and honored 11 times by College Broadcasters, Inc. for different programs and productions. The Southeast Journalism Conference has recognized the channel as the “Best College TV Station in the South” six of the last nine years. In its 19 years of existence, the Southeastern Channel has won over 400 national, international and regional awards, including 20 awards from the Emmys.
     Airing on Spectrum cable channel 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston and St. Helena parishes, the Southeastern Channel offers a rich variety of original programs and segments for local Northshore residents, Settoon said. The programming is educational, informative, cultural, entertainment and sports-oriented, focusing on Northshore people, events, topics and entities.
     “The Southeastern Channel also provides an elite training ground for television, video and film students in the Department of Communication and Media Studies who are majoring in the Television/Multimedia Journalism and Sports Communication degree concentrations,” Settoon explained. “Whether on-camera or behind-the-camera, graduates have enjoyed success in markets as large as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, Cleveland, and Washington, D.C., working from as far south as Miami and San Diego to as far north as North Dakota and Alaska. Well-known New Orleans TV news professionals like WDSU anchor Randi Rousseau and WWL reporter Erika Ferrando got their starts at the Southeastern Channel.”
     In addition to Spectrum cable, the Southeastern Channel’s live 24-7 broadcast can be seen on Roku and Apple TV. The broadcast streams live on mthermonwebTV in Washington Parish and on the channel’s own website at, where viewers can watch video on demand of channel programs. The Southeastern Channel can also be accessed through its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts.

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